Rahsaan Bahati wins Manhattan Beach Grand Prix – again

Posted on 30. Jun, 2008 by in race

On Sunday June 29, the 47th Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix was held in perfect weather for a bike race, sunny skies but not too hot. As the defending team with sprinter Rahsaan Bahati and presenting sponsor, the pressure was on the Rock Racing team.  And the squad delivered the goods.

Bahati won the bunch sprint avoiding the crash on the final turn that took down his leadout man Fast Freddie Rodriguez (see photos of the crash here).  Coming right behind him were Ricardo Escuela (Successful Living) and Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) who also avoided the crash.

As one of the few teams with a full roster present, Rock Racing controlled the front of the field. A 2-man break of Dan Ramsey (Time Pro) and Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing) escaped during the first half of the race but was eventually brought back.  But that didn’t stop Ramsey from trying again later in the 80-minute of racing around the paperclip-shaped 1.4-mile course but everything was brought back in time for the final bunch sprint. Ramsey did get a few primes for his trouble tho.

Of note, Toyota-United’s Ivan Dominguez was registered to race but due to lower-back problems decided to sit this one out but was present to cheer on his teammates.

Race report on RoadBikeReview.com
Read Marco Fanelli’s account of the race.
Friend Ken Conley has posted his usual great photos at kwc.org
My photo gallery
Full Results at usacycling.org

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